Pilgyu Kang

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Assistant Professor and affiliate faculty, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-5973
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 3620
Mail Stop: 6E9
Email: pkang7@gmu.edu

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Prior to coming to Mason Pilgyu Kang was a postdoctoral research associate in Nam Research Group in the department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His research focuses on the development of flexible optoelectronic sensors and devices based on two-dimensional materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), for example Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). He is also working on research (1) developing integrated graphene-photonic crystals systems for various flexible/wearable sensor applications including strain sensor, pressure sensor, and biochemical sensor, as well as (2) surface topography engineered graphene-based optoeleronic systems for highly stretchable and flexible sensor devices.


Research includes:

Nanomaterials and Atomically-thin Two-dimensional (2D) Materials
Micro/Nano Mechanics and Photonics
Optoelectronics and Plasmonics
Nano-Bio Sensors
Micro/Nano Manufacturing


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Minor: Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Minor: Electrical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea